Planning your wedding will inevitably lead to stressed out skin and more than a few flare ups. Eyes are the most important facial feature and the biggest indication of stress and lack of sleep. Sagging, crepe-like skin is just no good with all the cheek kissing and close up pictures on your wedding day. What you need is healthy, glowing skin, sans crepe and sans dark circles. Here are some great tips I scored over at Self.com...hope they help you too! 2 Minute Skin Saver
Self.com's ultra-innovative remedies really do the trick in an eye-mergency.
How to fix it:"Cold compresses and caffeine ease swelling quickly," says David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. Place chilled tea bags or cucumber slices over lids for two minutes, or pop your eye cream in the fridge between applications.
How to hide it:Using a medium foundation brush (flat bristles make for easy blending), apply a thin layer of matte liquid concealer on bags, in a shade that matches the skin on your cheeks, says Nick Barose, a makeup artist in New York City. Then sweep on sheer loose powder to dull shine.
How to fix it:"Over time, your skin's top layer retains less moisture," Dr. Bank says. To restore youthful suppleness, reach for products with lipids or humectants (including hyaluronic acid and glycerin), such as PureFusion Multi-tasking Eye Concentrate, $49.
How to hide it:Use a hydrating foundation or tinted moisturizer to head off cakeyness, a problem for parched skin. Pat on color (don't rub) with your fingertip to avoid exacerbating flakes. When touching up face makeup, go light on powder, which can suck up essential moisture.
How to fix it:Smooth a nightly retinol treatment directly onto crow's-feet. "Skin around eyes is so thin that even a slight boost of collagen can make a big difference," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.
How to hide it:Prep skin with a silicone-based primer (we like Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, $30) to prevent makeup from creasing. Sunscreen is key to warding off new wrinkles, so opt for makeup with SPF, such as Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20, $59.
How to fix it: If circles move when you pull skin taut, excess melanin may be to blame. Fade them with hydroquinone. (Try Murad Lighten and Brighten Eye Treatment, $67.) Shadows don't budge when pulled? Plump skin with moisturizer to mask darkness temporarily.
How to hide it: Choose a concealer with built-in brighteners in a shade that's one tone lighter than your natural coloring (such as Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, $38). Apply over dark areas only, blending tint toward the inner corner of each eye, to lighten up lingering shadows.
Find a skin routine that works for you and stick to it! Drink lots of water and just take care of yourself, your health and get lots of sleep. Your pictures will thank you!